pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Any of several herbs of the genus Houstonia, especially the low-growing H. caerulea of eastern North America, having blue or white flowers with yellow centers. Also called Quaker-ladies.
[Middle English, from bleu, blue; see BLUE.]
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